LEXINGTON, Ky. – Recording seven top-10 finishes and seven career-highs, the Miami University women’s track and field team had a solid start to the new year at the Kentucky Invitational, held at the University of Kentucky’s Nutter Field House. Two RedHawks also earned spots on Miami’s all-time indoor top-10 list.
This weekend’s meet was the perfect opportunity for the RedHawks to get back on the track and field after nearly a month and a half break since the IPFW Mastodon Opener Dec. 7. Facing a challenging 20-team field, including nationally ranked Kentucky and Florida A&M, head coach Kelly Phillips said her team did well overall.
“It’s always hard after the first meet because you’re trying to kind of get the cobwebs out, so I know we’ll be sharper every weekend that goes along,” Phillips said. “Overall, it wasn’t an awesome meet, but it was a solid meet.”
Junior Anna Lamb had the strongest finish for the RedHawks, placing second in the 3000m run in 9:54.17. She was less than one second behind Wake Forest’s Samantha Jones, who won the race in 9:53.03. Sophomore Julianne Ballog also competed in the 3000m run for the second time in her career, finishing the race in a personal-best 11:23.63.
Junior Charlotte Myers also had an impressive performance today in the 400m dash, taking fourth in 55.85, the fourth-fastest indoor time in school history. Sophomore Kala Allen finished eighth in the event in 57.43, followed by sophomore Aryelle Player, who took 29th in 1:01.33. Competing in the dash for the second time in her career, freshman Kelsey Maloney finished the sprint in a personal-best 1:01.56, earning 30th-place.
The RedHawks had a strong showing in the 800m run with junior Taylor Wickware leading the Red and White with a fifth-place finish in 2:14.07. Sophomore Megan Beaver followed in 11th in a career-high 2:14.74, while freshman McKenna Kiple earned a personal-best time of 2:17.70 in the race, earning 15th. Freshman Lauren Hoover rounded out Miami’s competitors in the event, taking 19th in a personal-best 2:18.45.
In field action, sophomore Amelia Strickler placed sixth in the shot put with a career-high throw of 14.86m, the second-farthest indoor throw in school history. Junior Adaora Anunike took 18th in the event with a throw of 12.60m, while freshman Ashley Frahm took 20th with a personal-best put of 12.52m. A couple of freshmen rounded out Miami’s competitors in the shot put, with Olivia Cummings taking 22nd with a put of 12.22m and Arionna Darling finishing 27th with a throw of 11.66m.
Senior Erica Mudd was the lone RedHawk to place in the long jump, finishing 17th with a mark of 5.34m.
The RedHawks concluded the meet with the 4x400m relay, with Allen, Myers, freshman Alexus Jimson-Miller and sophomore Kathie Wollney earning a combined time of 3:51.35 to win them a fifth-place finish. Besides the relay, Jimson-Miller also competed in the 60m hurdles, earning a tenth-place finish in preliminaries with a time of 8.69.
For a recap of Friday evening’s action at the Kentucky Invitational, which included the weight throw and distance medley relay, click here.
The RedHawks will return to action Friday, Jan. 24 when they travel to Bowling Green, Ohio for the Tom Wright Classic.